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Jim Keaveney
11/10/05 12:13 PM  
Re: Anyone into tap handles?
years ago, when i first got my taps, somebody gave my a couple of antique looking taps that i stashed somewhere and have not seen since. they definitely needed some tlc. i'll look for them one of these days.
Jim Keaveney
11/10/05 07:29 PM  
Re: Anyone into tap handles?
"I canabalize my beer fridge. I yank the tap(s) as needed, mount them in the thingy and put a piece of duct tape over the hole(s) in the fridge."

That thought occurred to me but it would be really nice not to have to bother (not to mention i could have beer on in the basement and beer on outside/upstairs.

"Here's a fun question, do you have any less than conventional taps?"

Someone gave me some antique looking ones awhile back. I'll have to look for them. They need some TLC. When I find them I'll post pics or show them to you next time we tip one (10)

Jim Keaveney
12/13/05 03:43 PM  
Re: Anyone into tap handles?
I have made a couple of somewhat generic tap handles so far. Decided to just cut 8" sections of 1" x 2" pine. I painted them black for dark beers and Yellow for light colored beers (I have some mixing to do for Amberish/Orange beers). I painted white rims on the top for the head and then painted the name of the beer down vertically. They look ok. This is a temporary thing as I keep my eyes open for cooler things to make tap handles out of. I found this cool thing to add to my "Golden Deceiver" tap but not sure if I should oder it since I dont know exactly how to incorporate it and it is not real cheap:

http://www.dogstuff.com/000000breeddetail/condtd09.htm

SteveG
12/14/05 11:05 AM  
Re: Anyone into tap handles?
Well, I can say I've spent more on tap handle items. It's not bad but not great, it doesn't have the kind of shape where it would make a handle in and of itself. On the other hand its pretty small so you could glue the base to the top of a generic handle. I made one kinda like that for a porter made with black beans I called "Creature from the Black Legume" (it was a Halloween beer). I found a "little big head", a toy figure series with very oversized heads. Found one for the Black Lagoon creature and screwed the base to the top of a handle. Nowhere near as good as the "beast of the wood" handle but it got good laughs.
Jim Keaveney
12/14/05 11:16 AM  
Re: Anyone into tap handles?
I was thinking of glueing it to the top of the generic type handle I already made. Isn't it just a matter of time before it would fall off?
SteveG
12/14/05 11:50 AM  
Re: Anyone into tap handles?
I used a screw on the creature and it was fine. If you glued you could reinforce it with a peg. Drill a 1/2" hole in the bottom of the figure, a 1/2" hole in the top of the handle then make a snug-fitting 1" peg out of a dowel. A drop of glue in both holes before setting in the peg would give you pretty good reinforcement. It would probably help if you knew someone with a drill press, you'd want the hole in the handle to be pretty straight.
Jim Keaveney
12/14/05 04:04 PM  
Re: Anyone into tap handles?
I am not sure what it is made of - I didnt think it was something I could drill into. I guess I can contact them. Perfect design just not the right size/material. They wont ship it by xmas eve (when I will be serving the beer) so I am not in a hurry.

SteveG
12/19/05 09:37 AM  
Affixing a figure
Hey Jim, in case you are still eyeing that dog figure I took a couple shots of a handle I made under similar conditions for my black bean porter.

http://www.babblebelt.com/taps/creature.html

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